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3 Things You’ll Want To Take Note About The 2017 Speedback GT

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Are you really surprised that the 2017 Speedback GT will be introduced during the Geneva Motor Show? The Swiss event is usually where really elegant cars are being propositioned, so we’re bound to see something truly amazing once the automakers start the ball rolling.

Here’s a look at the 2017 Speedback GT, which will be highlighted in the event:

It Has A Ginormous Price Tag

The price of the 2017 Speedback GT is no laughing matter. Only the truly, truly rich can afford this one as it’s slated to come out with a $622,330 price tag. It’s little wonder that David Brown Automotive wants their hands on it. The retro-flavored 2017 Speedback GT starts its life as a Jaguar XKR. After much tinkering around and at least 8,000 man hours of service, the Speedback GT finally came into fruition.

At the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, the coachbuilder will have two models on display. They will be wearing the latest updates and design enhancements. And why shouldn’t you be amazed? This started out as a regular XKR that was turned into ala-James Bond Aston Martin DB5 luxury car.

It’s Almost Unrecognizable

If we didn’t mention what this was, would you realize it was actually the Jaguar XKR? DBA used 142 panels on this car, which means that the only original left from the donor was the windshield frame. Even the painting process took more than eight weeks.

Instead of the XKR’s trunk lid, the Speedgate has a practical top-hinged tailgate, which lower section you can fold down to create a seat. In total, there are 237 changes on the 2014 prototype.

It Has The Same Engine

Though a lot has changed aesthetically, what’s under the hood remained the same—something that fans of the 2014 concept will surely appreciate. The 2017 Speedback GT still has the supercharged 5.-liter V-8 engine with 510 horsepower (380 kilowatts) and 461 pound-feet (625 Nm) of torque.

5 Things To Know About The Upcoming Honda S2000 Revival

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It makes sense for Honda to revive the S2000 because it has been pressuring itself to release a new sports car for the United States. Ever since the Japanese automaker decided to make a three-pronged lineup of sports cars, we have been waiting what it has in store for the US market.

Here are the five things we know about it based on a source:

1. Its Predecessors Came Out In 2015 And 2016

In 2015, we first saw the S660 microcoupe, which was the first sports car that Honda built for this lineup. It was powered by a mid-mounted turbocharged 660-cc inline-3. Last year, we saw the NSX supercar that came with a mid-mounted twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 aided by electric motors.

2. The S2000 Is For The US Market

The S660 was a Japanese-only car from Honda while the NSX was an Acura brand. The US, however, is Honda’s biggest market to date, which means it cannot shrug off this particular market. What it did is to recreate the S2000, which was loved by many.

3. It Was Introduced As A 50th Anniversary Special

The original S2000 was launched during the company’s 50th anniversary in 1998. Now that two decades have passed, it’s time to do it all over again. In commemoration of its 70th anniversary, Honda plans to unveil the S2000 replacement with an RC213V-S superbike.

4. It Will Have A New Powertrain And Chassis

The replacement to the S2000 should have had the engine fitted in the Civic Type R. But seeing as this will be a special 70th anniversary car that will arrive in 2018, Honda decided it would fit this one with a new powertrain and a new chassis.

5. It Will Be Lightweight And Fuel-Efficient

According to reports, the coming S2000 will have a two-stage electric boosting system, one that is similar to what has been developed by Mitsubishi. The system, tests showed, will make the new car compact, lightweight, and fuel efficient.

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